It’s World Animal Day Today

On an afternoon safari in the Maasai Mara, I spotted a lioness on the horizon. Requesting that the jeep stop to allow me to frame the shot provided a timeframe for the lioness to amble towards the vehicle. The vehicle created a rare shadow in the harsh afternoon sun, one which the lioness immediately took advantage of. Lying right by the side of the vehicle, panting, she'd cast a cursory but soulful glance towards the vehicle's occupants. Framed in the eyes of this lioness, is a reflection of the safari vehicle I occupied.

A leopard prowls in the dried stream beds near Kicheche Mara Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya

It’s World Animal Day today, and to celebrate all things wildlife I have chosen to highlight a selection of my favourite animal photographs from the last few years.

Featured above is a close up of a female lioness and a leopard on the prowl, both were taken in the Maasai Mara, Kenya

And to prove that small is also beautiful, featured below is an image of a tiny hummingbird from Costa Rica.

A Coppery-Headed Emerald Hummingbird in all its glory, Costa Rica

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